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KaTsZoNe Newsletters > KaTsZoNe - Issue 12 - Nov. Events & Holidays/Prep. For Holidays/Movies

1 Nov 2005

   Issue 12                                                   By Katherine Kiang                                       November 1, 2005


Hello all,

Thanks for joining me for another episode of KaTsZone.

Hope all is well, and as we are fast approaching the end of 2005, I am thankful for all the blessings in our lives.  Please remember the many lives lost in the nasty natural disasters and pray for those who have lost their loved ones, homes and their livelihood.

God bless everyone!


“The thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of.  The mite which November contributes becomes equal in value to the bounty of July.” 

- Henry David Thoreau
(1817-1862, American author/philosopher)

November Events

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair November 4 - 14, 2005

For someone who was born in the Year of the Horse, it is a great treat to meet “the cousins” at the Fair.  Okay, I may not meet them, but, I will be at The National Trade Centre (on the CNE grounds) to watch a Horse Show.  And, if you wish to see more than horses, there are cows, sheep, dog shows and a GIANT vegetable competition!  You’ll have tons of fun…you’ll be back for mooooore! 


One of a Kind Christmas Craft Show - Nov. 24 – Dec. 4, 2005

It’s that time of year again when I’m at the Craft Show to do some shopping.  It’s one of my favourite places to browse, and occasionally, buy.  I have bought gifts and also received gifts from craft shows like “One of a Kind” (the other T.O. craft show is “Signatures”).  So, check out some unique items and sample some Christmas pudding, jams and jelly, chocolates and more!

Art Gallery of Ontario – Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia: Arts For the Empire – Masterpieces from the State Hermitage Museum, Russia Oct. 1, 2005Jan. 1, 2006

Catherine II is called one of history’s most greatest art patrons.  Her palace was not only her residence, but, stored art treasures.  On

Feb. 7, 1852, the New Hermitage, the first public museum, opened its doors to visitors.  There are more than 200 pieces commissioned or collected by the Empress from the State Hermitage Museum now on exhibit at the AGO for us to enjoy.  I love attending art galleries, museums and ballets and my mom has no interest in them, and she is often baffled at my support of such institutions.  So, I used to wonder what Catherine the Great’s mother thought of her collection of art.  All I say is, “To each her own!”   http://www.ago.net/

Ontario Science Centre – Sept. 30 – Feb. 26, 2005

The Body Worlds 2 exhibit, featuring real human bodies and organs, is on display now until

February 26, 2005.  I have not been to the exhibit yet.  It may seem bizarre, but, I think it could be a great learning opportunity to learn about our bodies and our health.  If you are bringing young children, you may wish to review the Family Guide (accessible online) before you attend the exhibit.  While you are at the OSC, you might also check out a film at the IMAX Dome at the OSC.  I love those films.  In November “Human Body” and “Mystery of the Nile” will be featured, and you can check out the show times at http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/imax/default.asp

November Holidays

Nov. 1 – All Saints’ Day (Christian, Roman Catholic) – Christian holy day observed by Western churches on Nov. 1 and on first Sunday after Pentecost by Eastern churches.  The day now honours all saints of the church, even those not known by name.   http://www.canticanova.com/articles/ot/artb11.htm

Nov. 1 (Day of the Little Dead - children) and Nov. 2 (Day of the Adult Dead) - Día de Muertos (Mexican) – A lively tradition where Mexicans pay visits to the graves/tombs of their ancestors and offer food, drink and temporary altars.  A popular cemetery in Mexico city can be found decorated with bright flowers, colourful decorations and loud music playing.

Nov. 5 – Guy Fawkes Day (Great Britain) – Gunpowder treason and plot has not been forgotten since G. Fawkes conspired to blow up King James I and members of both Houses of Parliament.  Guy Fawkes was executed on Nov. 4, 1605.  Each year, Britain celebrates with bonfires, fireworks and burning of the “guy” (effigy).

Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day or Armistice Day (Commonwealth Nations and various European countries) –   To commemorate the end of World War I (Nov. 11, 1918) and other wars. The day is specifically dedicated to members of the armed forces who were killed during the wars.

Nov. 15 – Shichi-go-san (Japan) – Literally means 7, 5 and 3 - A day of prayer for the healthy growth of young children.

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
February has twenty-eight alone,
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting Leap-Year, that's the time
When February's days are twenty-nine.

(This is one out of 37 versions I have found at



KaTsZoNe is now Caffeine-free … Sugar-free …Wheat-free … Lactose-free …

Imagine being the “Starbucks Queen” for years, then suddenly, the Queen has cut caffeine and sugar….o my!  And, that’s not all.  Imagine the “Pasta Princess” not indulging in delicious pasta covered with tomato sauce.  That’s like the Queen of England not being able to wear her Crown jewels! 

Sounds like a sad state of affairs, but, the Starbucks Queen, who’s been off “real” coffee for a month, is content that some of you continue to be addicted….I mean…is supporting Starbucks because I’d love for Starbucks stocks to go up in price…LOL.

So, “WHAT’S GOING ON?” you ask.  Well, it’s just temporary.  I’m starting to undergo detoxification so my doctor can better treat my psoriasis.  Psoriasis can get pretty irritating and there is no cure for this non-contagious skin disease.  But, certain foods can make it worse.  Well, I already knew that too much caffeine and sugar could not have been good for me anyway, but, I did not realize that wheat, cow milk, grapefruit, pineapples, to name a few, are also NO NO’s for someone with my skin condition.  Also, bell peppers, potatoes and tomatoes can cause inflammation.

After one month I already FEEL GREAT!!!  That’s what counts.

Like I said, it’s not going to last forever, but, I have found a whole new world.  Instead of regular pasta (which contains wheat), I discovered brown rice pasta – wow!  Instead of bagels – well, let’s try some rye bread which contains no wheat, no yeast, no sugar, no shortening and is extremely filling.  I’m also drinking a glass of hot water with a few squeezes of fresh lemon juice every morning, avoiding ice cold water and drinks, and, of course, drinking lots and lots of water during the day.

Another thing that aggravates psoriasis is stress.  For some people, stress effects their heart, or they may have acne break-outs.  For me, it seems that stress effects my psoriasis.  If I had bought a Lotto 6/49 ticket last week and shared the winning $54 million jackpot with others, I would quit my job – probably like some of you.  Reality is, it’s not possible to avoid stress, but, it is important to be able to deal with it. 

There’s more than just a change of diet.  There are a list of supplements and treatments which I am undergoing – “detox” has really just begun!  Will let you know how I’m doing, as I go along. 

“He who has health has hope,

and he who has hope has everything.”

- Arabian Proverb

Preparing for the Holidays

They are indeed just around the corner.  I don’t know how organized you are, but, sometimes, I just can’t seem to get it together way ahead of time.  You, too, may be shopping for gifts, preparing to send gifts and/or cards to family & friends, entertaining friends, and maybe, even organizing a trip.  So, here are some websites which can hopefully help us pull things together. 

Shopping For Gifts

Whether it’s for yourself (oh yea, I love shopping for my own gift each year), you will appreciate great deals and ideas.  Here are some websites to check out.

Besbuys.ca - http://www.bestbuys.ca/ - It’s not Bestbuy, the store.  This is a website that provides lots of information about warehouse sales, flea markets, etc. mainly in the GTA, but, also across  Ontario.  

Amazon.ca (http://www.amazon.ca) and Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com) - Online shopping can be easy as pie (oh no…did I mention pie?).  No need to hunt for parking at the mall, go out in the snow or fight the crowds.  Guess where they’re based in? Seattle!

Toronto Malls - http://www.torontomalls.com/mallsfrm.htm - If you are a die-hard mall shopper, then, here is a list of T.O. malls from A to Y (no malls beginning with Z) – The Albion Centre to Yorkdale Shopping Centre. 

My favourites include Bramalea City Centre (
Brampton), Dixie Outlet Mall (Mississauga), Markville Shopping Centre (Markham) and Upper Canada Mall (Newmarket).  My favourite jewellery store, Heaven, is in Bramalea City Centre.  Dixie has a flea market every weekend.  Markville is huge and has stores like Winners, Walmart, as well as Sears and The Bay.  Upper Canada Mall is away from most of the hustle and bustle, and is not that close to a 400 series highway AND Eddie Bauer is going to finally open a store there – yeah!

Sending Gifts and Cards

In order to ensure that your cards and gifts get to its U.S. or international destination in time during the holiday season, check the Canada Post website, or pick up a flyer at the post office. 

Canada Post - http://www.canadapost.ca/corporate/about/announcements/mailingdates-e.asp?sblid=Holidayseason


Look for ideas and tips for recipes, drinks, and other ideas for the holiday at the following sites:

All Recipeshttp://allrecipes.com

LCBOhttp://www.lcbo.ca - Products, food & drink recipes

Bakery shops listing in T.O. -http://www.toronto.servpro.ca/listcompht/31372/bakery-hops.html


Coming in November to the Theatres

My favourite type of movies include comedy, action, cartoon animation and suspense.  I dislike bad present-day horror movies that throws in the blood and contains terrible writing – in fact, some so-called science fiction seems to fit that bill too.  If it’s well-written and we care or hate the different characters, well, I’m sold!

If you do see any of these movies, let me know what you think.


Nov. 4, 2005 – “Chicken Little” (Family, animated) – Cast includes Zach Braff (Blue Moon, The Broken Hearts Club, Garden State), Garry Marshall (director – Pretty Woman, Frankie and Johnny, Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries), Joan Cusack (Runaway Bride, High Fidelity, Raising Helen), Patrick Stewart, Fred Willard, Catherine O’Hara

Nov. 11, 2005 – “Bee Season” (drama) – Cast includes Richard Gere (Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, Chicago), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, Chocolat), Flora Cross, Kate Bosworth (The Horse Whisperer, Remember the Titans, Wonderland)

Nov. 18, 2005 – “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (Family/fantasy) – Cast includes Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List, Maid in Manhattan), Gary Oldman (The Fifth Element, Batman Begins), Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually)

Nov. 18, 2005 – “Walk the Line” (Drama) – Biography of singer Johnny Cash.  Cast includes Joaquin Phoenix (8 MM, Gladiator, Hotel Rwanda, Walk the Line), Reese Witherspoon (Pleasantville, Legally Blonde, Legally Blond 2, Walk the Line)

Nov. 23, 2005 – “Rent” (Drama) – Cast includes Rosario Dawson (Josie and the Pussycats, Men in Black II), Taye Diggs (House on Haunted Hill, Chicago)

Coming in November on Video/DVD

I’ve heard some of you mention your favourite movies, well, here they are on Video/DVD in November!

Nov. 1, 2005 – “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” (theatrical release May 19/05)  (Science fiction) – Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christiansen {sigh…}, Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Frank Oz

Nov. 8, 2005 – “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (theatrical release July 15/05) (Family) – Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, AnnaSophia Robb, Christopher Lee, Noah Taylor

Nov. 15, 2005 – “Madagascar (theatrical release May 27/05) (Family, animated) – Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cedric the Entertainer

Nov. 22, 2005 – “The Polar Express” (theatrical release Nov. 10/04) (Family) – Tom Hanks, Michael Jeter, Peter Scolari, Nona Gaye, Daryl Sabara

Nov. 29, 2005 – “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (theatrical release June 10/05) (Action) – Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vince Vaughn

Shopper’s Corner…

Downsview Park Merchant’s Mall (40 Carl Hall Road – just off Sheppard Ave. W., 2 blocks east of Keele) – Where can you find 600 stores, a farmer’s market, plenty of parking and it’s located near the Toronto Aerospace Museum?  This “flea market” is no tiny matter.  For me, it’s closer than Stouffville Country Market and it’s larger than the other flea markets I’ve been to in T.O.  And, if you get a bit hungry from roaming the aisles and have exercised your wallet a bit, get a bite at the food court and other food vendors – choices include Chinese, Sushi, Filipino, Indian, Mexican, Costa Rican, Italian, Middle Eastern, and more!   Not to mention, there’s live entertainment.  It’s open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Check it out!



“Shopping is a woman thing. It's a contact sport like
football. Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds,
the danger of being trampled to death, and
the ecstasy of the purchase.”
– Erma Bombeck

“Light Bulb” Moments

1.  We are all addicted to something.  (If you can profit from it - legally, of course, why not? LOL.)

2.  A cuddly soft toy can be as comforting as a cozy blanket, warm bath or a hug from a person.

3.  Writing a “TO DO” list really helps to get things done.  Similarly, writing down your goals can become a self-fulfilling  prophecy (even when you’re writing fiction – oh, so, I must really be Irish?).

4.  We all have a song within us or that speaks to us.  Did you notice that the first three notes of Sesame Street’s 
 theme song are the same notes as when the TTC subway doors close?  No wonder I get to work happy.  “Sunny
 day…”  Just sing…sing a song!  La…la… la… la…la…la…la…la…la….la…la…la…la…la…la…la…la…

5.  As adults, we never seem to get enough sleep.  You can’t really make up for the sleep you’ve lost.  So, thanks for 
     supporting the coffee industry, my friends!


KaTsZone will be a year old in Dec. 2005 – can you believe that?  Since I’m still having fun writing it, I’ll just keep going – plus, it keeps my brain from rusting.

Thanks for all your enthusiasm and suggestions.

Three cheers for all of you -- you’re great friends! {Group hug!}